Author: Giacomo Giammatteo
Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company
Date of publication: April 2012
A string of brutal murders has bodies piling up in Brooklyn, and Detective Frankie Donovan knows what is going on. Clues left at the crime scenes point to someone from the old neighborhood, and that isn't good.
Frankie has taken two oaths in his life - the one he took to uphold the law when he became a cop, and the one he took with his two best friends when they were eight years old and inseparable. Those relationships have forced Frankie to make many tough decisions, but now he faces the toughest one of his life; he has five murders to solve and one of those two friends is responsible. If Frankie lets him go, he breaks the oath he took as a cop and risks losing his job. But if he tries to bring him in, he breaks the oath he kept for twenty-five years - and risks losing his life.
In the neighborhood where Frankie Donovan grew up, you never broke an oath.
Murder Takes time is the debut offering by author Giacomo Giammatteo. I have to say that for a first time author, he has a hit on his hands. I'm not usually a "mob" story reader. But I really liked this book. From the first chapter, I was hooked. The plot was well thought out and intriguing. It definitely had me guessing.
The story alternates between the present and the past. For Frankie, the past holds the key to the present. He is hunting a killer who he is convinced is someone from his past. Clues are being left for him by the killer. The murders are very brutal. He struggles with the question of what he will do if he is right. Can he do the right thing, or will promises made as a child tear him apart? The story in the past is a harsh look at what it was like to grow up into the mob world. It was sad to see the boys grow up way too fast. I don't want to give away too much of the plot because it would ruin the book.
I definitely recommend this book! Mr. Giammatteo has a bright future ahead of him and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with in the future!
About the Author:
I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.
Somehow I survived the transition to adulthood, but when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 41 animals—12 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 26 pigs.
Oh, and one crazy—and very large—wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.
Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. By day I am a headhunter, scouring the country for top talent to fill jobs in the biotech and medical device industry. In the evening I help my wife tend the animals, and at night—late at night—I turn into a writer.